JACK PLOTKINJack Plotkin is the founder and CEO of Cardinal Solutions, which is an investment firm based in New York. His life as an analyst began several years ago as a middle school student who was more observant than the others in his class. 

Plotkin did not have the benefit of learning in a private school. Instead, he was challenged to navigate the California public school system, which was not recognized for producing brilliant and independent thinkers who had the tools needed to stand alone in the entrepreneurial world. In fact, California public schools in Plotkin’s time were among the lowest-ranked in the nation. Still, Jack did not let the odds defeat him. 

The businessman-in-the-making observed all of his surroundings and completed his work with precision. A sixth-grade teacher noticed Plotkin’s drive and encouraged him to follow his passions in life. Jack’s middle school teacher was not intimidated by his shyness, but rather took young Plotkin’s conservative ways as a sign of caution. The teacher worked with her young student until he was comfortable enough to stand in his passions. Jack’s interests, as developed with assistance from his middle school teacher, transferred over into the high school years. 

Physics and English seemed to be hot subjects for Plotkin. Such may be why the young scholar’s teachers encouraged him to develop his crafts in these areas. Jack Plotkin also had a love for creativity that ultimately led him to declare his major in liberal arts at Harvard University. The rest of this entrepreneur’s life is one for the history books. 


Jack Plotkin is often asked if his time at Harvard University prepared him for his life as a businessman. Plotkin attributes his success to more than just his studies at an Ivy League school. According to Jack, liberal arts teaches an individual how to do life well. He is, therefore, grateful for the opportunity to learn how to develop in life and not just find a career.